Jurata Wajda

Born in: 1965, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Lives in: Torgon, Switzerland

Media: Sculpture

Describe your work in 3 words: Realism - history - imagination

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Medusa - Modified cement, gold plating 38 x 25 x 17 cm

"I'm fascinated by historical art and its techniques demanding a precise work, as well as the study and realistic approach of the subject, both real and imaginary."

What themes does your work involve?
While following historical themes, I revise them and put a new sight on ancient subjects, such as the Greek Medusa, the Minotaur-Woman or the Cathedral-Woman of the Middle-Ages.
Describe your creative process.
I don’t necessarily start by sketches, I immediately go to clay. After finishing the clay model of the sculpture I make the form. Next, I realize a cast, which can be either the base for the original creation or the model for a cast in bronze. I really appreciate historical techniques and natural materials which is certainly linked to me being an art restorer. I use a concrete, plaster, stucco, bronze, acrylic resins, that I modify and then polychrome, gilder or make it look older.
What influences your work? What inspires you?
I am inspired by the ancient arts, diverse mythologies, people around me, nature. I like the process of creation, the battle with the matter and the moment the effects I imagined start showing.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is meant to evoke delight, move, not only be a decorative object but raise thoughts, references, memories.
What is the role of the artist today?
Transformation of the reality and imagination into beautiful, interesting, soul-moving objects.

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